We all want to do our part in protecting the world that we live in. What’s life without the gentle breeze fluttering through the green leaves and the soft glow of the sun peeking through the trees? In order to keep these simple pleasures for our next generations to come, we must allow for some environmentally friendly practices into our own lives. One way to give back is to make efforts to have a green home! By incorporating eco-friendly hacks, this green home guide will inform you of green home building, appliances, products and daily practices you can choose incorporate into your life!
Why is going green important?
Going green provides long term and short term improvements for both ourselves and our world. From eco-roofs that add more oxygen into the air to fuel efficient cars that lower our intake of limited oil resources on the earth. It’s better to help when we can as these changes will only benefit us in the end.
What are the benefits of going green?
Even the little things we implement into our lifestyle can greatly change the bigger picture of cleaning our air, preserving our landscape and reducing landfill waste. Ultimately it’s good economics as eco options are more frugal and therefore easier to our pockets.
How can I be green at home?
- Turn off lights when you leave your room, it’ll reduce your energy bill as well!
- Switch to energy efficient bulbs.
- Enjoy natural lighting for as long as you can before switching on the lights.
- Unplug unused appliances or chargers or incorporate a multi-plug extension outlet with an on & off function option.
- Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.
- Lower the hot temperature on your water heater.
- Use a reusable water container.
- Switch at least one appliance to an energy efficient model.
- Turn off your computer at night.
- Pay your bills online.
- Stop unsolicited mail to save on paper.
- Reuse scrap paper.
- Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
- Make homemade cleaners.
- Have a compost bin.
- Create and use an herb garden.
- Hang clothes on a line.
- Repurpose glass jars for food storage.
- Combine all your errands in the week into one trip.
What are green product examples?
- Energy Star logo energy efficient appliance models
- WaterWise logo appliances
- CFL light bulbs
- Reusable bulk food bags or shopping bags
- Reusable BPA free cups, bottles or thermals
- Reusable straws
- Biodegradable or disposable waste bags
- Biodegradable garden pots
- Compostable bowls
- Compost cutlery
- Rechargeable batteries
- Eco-friendly phone cases, laptop covers, computer accessories
- Portable solar charging stations
- Rechargeable crank flashlights
- Recycled paper
- Recycled toilet tissue or hand towels
- Recycled handle toothbrush
- Fair trade organic towels
- Recycled plastic rugs
As you can see, relatively small fixes don’t have to cost a dime. However, if you are undergoing a big home change and will be spending anyhow, keep in mind that there are eco-friendly home building options out there! If you’re considering building, renovating or remodeling your home (Premium Roofing,) consider eco friendly home builders who can incorporate green building methods in your home design or instill practices such as using Eco-Friendly Paint products.
Green Home Design
- Green Certified Homes:
- LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) has rating levels ranging from Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
- WELL (The WELL Building Standard) is a third-party certified by Green Business Certification INC or GBCI.
- The Living Building Challenge: uses seven performances categories, aka Petals, that in turn are subdivided into 20 Imperatives. Petals consists of Place, Water, Energy, Health, Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty
- Smart Home: temperature, lighting and security are controlled by a personal smart device and feature a variety of easy, convenient and fun technological functions!
- Efficiency geared home appliances: such as solar panels, tankless water heaters or whole-home humidifiers.
- Prefab Home: a prefabricated home is one that is built off site in a factory and than moved to be installed into a home’s lot.
- Cargotecture: building homes from recycled shipping containers.
Tiny Homes: average 186 square feet.
- Passivhaus: aka Passive House building standards that include mechanical ventilation, great thermal performance and air-tightness.
- Non-Toxic Materials: building materials can have large amounts of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) often found in solvents such as paints, adhesives, stains and preservatives. There also can be toxic chemicals in wood like formaldehyde, which is found in plywood, particle boards and pressed wood.
What are eco friendly materials?
- Recycled or reclaimed Metal or Wood
- Precast Concrete Slabs: which has sustainability that is higher than traditional pour concrete, is affordable and controls heat in the building.
- Sheep’s wool insulation: is all natural unlike common insulation materials such as fiberglass or polyurethane spray foam.
We hope these green home solutions have inspired you to incorporate at least a few of these methods of maintaining a green home. Even a little goes a long way!
If you would like to easily achieve your contribution to the environment with a green home in the Cincinnati, OH area, call (513) 996-6835 with Sharp Paintworx for eco-friendly painting!